Written by Charisma Love B Gado   Ernesto Romero, 76, of Talavera, Nueva Ecija owns a Mercedez Benz, 6-hectare residential lot, and a warehouse with an P11,000 annual mortgage. During the peak of market demands for vegetables, such as green pepper, he earns P200,000 a week. About 23 km from Romero`s town lives Crisanto lleva, 59 years old. He had built his P50,000-house in Guimba, Nueva Ecija and earns P80,000 […]

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Mechanization and hybrid rice can deliver a debilitating one-two punch that will stun farming ordeals. First punch: the use of machines contributes to precision farming and helps farmers to be more efficient in their activities. Second punch: hybrid rice increases yields by 15% resulting in higher profitability and productivity. Just like in boxing, preparation before a match is crucial. Seed production becomes critical. Hybrid seed is produced from two parents […]

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Written by Joy Bartolome A Duldulao   Gem Corpuz, my creative and meticulous colleague at the Rice Chemistry and Food Science Division, came running to me one Monday morning to tell me good news. She enthusiastically started. “You know, of course, that last week we went to Ilagan City, Isabela for the consumer evaluation of upland rice entries of the NCT (National Cooperative Testing) and we stayed for three days […]

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Written by the Web Team   United for food sufficiency. The Department of Agriculture (DA) in partnership with private companies conducted the first National Hybrid Rice Congress at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, April 3-5, to support the country’s Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP). FSSP is the government’s banner program that aims to raise farm productivity and competitiveness, enhance farming incentives, and […]

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Written by the Web Team   With over 300 crop science researchers, members of the academe, development professionals, and students participating, PhilRice researchers won top awards during the 22nd Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines (FCSSP) Conference in Cagayan de Oro, March 11-16. PhilRice won three of the four best paper categories, three of the seven best poster categories, and two achievement awards. Dr. Sailila Abdula and co-authors, […]

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Written by the Web Team   Grade 5 and Kindergarten students learned to be RICEponsible or to value rice more in their recent culminating activities in support to the National Year of Rice (NYR 2013). More than 100 grade 5 students of the Maquiling School, Inc.in Los Baños, Laguna, acknowledged themselves as consumers and pledged to conserve rice after a short talk on NYR 2013. On the other hand, about […]

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Written by the Web Team   Farmer’s children in the province of Aurora are now active infomediaries or those who access information for others after joining the Sagot ko ang magulang ko!: Isang kampanya upang hikayatin ang mga kabataang maging infomediaries conducted in the province’s two national high schools. Jaime A. Manalo IV, team lead and communication specialist based at Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), noted that the recently concluded […]

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RICEponsible float.  The National Year of Rice (NYR 2013) float won 2nd place during this year`s Panagbenga or the 18th Baguio Flower Festival celebrations and created awareness on the public`s role in achieving rice self-sufficiency. Beating other 18 competing floats, the NYR 2013 float featured the Panatang Makapalay, rice varieties grown in the Cordillera, and other rice alternatives such as root crops.  Cordillera has a rice self-sufficiency level of 119 […]

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Written by the Web Team   A group of indigenous peoples in Occidental Mindoro will benefit from the Farmers` Field Day recently conducted by the local government of the province and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice). Comprising 30 percent of the total population of the province, the more than 150 Mangyan farmers came from Ulanguan, Banganay, and Sili. The field day highlighted the varietal trial of eight different rice varieties, […]

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Written by the Web Team   Reaching for the gold. The Open Academy for Philippine Agriculture (OpAPA), an information and communication technology (ICT)-based cum extension program led by PhilRice,  was recognized by the Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND), a non-profit Arab region development organization based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. OpAPA is the recipient of the 2010 International  Prize for Pioneering Human Development Projects under the Government Category and was […]

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